Step out in Hemel Hempstead for a healthy walk this morning, and every Monday

Walk this way – Herts County Council’s Countryside Management Service is offering a new First Steps walk in Hemel Hempstead’s Gadebridge Park, as part of its popular Health Walks programme in Dacorum.

The walk will start at the White Bridge, by the public car park (Leighton Buzzard Road, HP1 1AE), at 11.15am every Monday, with the first one stepping out today.

First Steps are free short walks, lasting about half an hour, led by trained CMS volunteers, over flat, even ground and with regular stops.

They are ideal for people who are just starting to walk regularly, particularly if they have been advised to do so by their doctor.

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. It involves the whole body and exercises the heart, strengthens muscles and improves stamina and circulation.

Councillor Terry Douris, Herts County Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “First Steps walks are particularly aimed at people who might lack a bit of confidence going for a walk on their own. Maybe you’re recovering from an operation or have a medical condition, or you might just want some company?

“Whatever your motivation, walking helps strengthen your heart, muscles and bones and aids general wellbeing, so please come along.”

Volunteer health walk leader Rodney Tucker said: “The Gadebridge Park walks have been running for 10 years now and have proved so successful that numbers have grown from a dozen or so walkers to more than 50.

“Everybody enjoys the social occasion and the scenery of the park and Gade valley routes.”

Up-to-date programmes for Dacorum Health Walks are available to download from the CMS website

Formore about the benefits of the First Steps walks, call 01992 588433 or